sweetwater expansion

good afternoon! hopefully you are staying safe, healthy, and occupied. we have been getting ready for Quilt Minnesota, cutting up bundles and kits, working on new projects, and trying to enjoy a little bit of summer before autumn hits.

i’m sure you’ve heard, but if you haven’t…we’ve expanded. the bookstore is permanently closed and we were offered the room next to us. so we cleaned it out, painted it and took out the wall. we even made ourselves a “porch”. inspired by the long ago porch from our old location…you can see the gingerbread and the half posts…(interestingly enough…we used those at each end of the porch rail)

so here are the progress shots…starting with the bookstore space cleaned out and continuing from there.

if when you walk in the door you go to the right…

if at the door you go to the left

lastly…our porch decorated for the 4th of july. we still have a few trim boards to put up and to do a serious organization behind the picket fence where we work to get everything in order.

once we get our Quilt Minnesota kits cut…we’ll doing another rearrange…i’m thinking Quilt Minnesota will take up residence in the window and Rue 1800 will be moved to the porch. it just seems so appropriate to fill the porch with soft, romantic florals.

looks like i only have a little bit of time left to get done the 30 things i planned to do today (now 29 since i’m hitting publish on this post in a hot minute!)

i’ll be back with new qm projects, a fun super quick Rue 1800 project, and hopefully kits and patterns for my Stormy hexies.

until next week…have a wonderful afternoon!

stay safe…wear your face covering…and treat other how you wish to be treated…

a little gabby-goo throwback to when we were mid-expansion…apparently she wanted a little quiet (and dark) time.

happy stitching!

–april&mickey&gabby

yuletide

good morning! we hope you are having a wonderful monday. we had a wonderful weekend…gabby turned 1 on saturday.

gabby-goo is 1

she didn’t even mind the unicorn birthday hat!

lots of fun christmas fabrics are arriving in the shoppe…today i have the Yuletide collection. these prints speak to the old-fashioned christmas…large sprawling holly with berries, small poinsettias, plaids, and a gorgeous low volume font print featuring Fa La La and who can pass up a rosy red toile.

yuletide…10 fat quarters

you can grab your yuletide bundle here…and yardage here.

we also have Trés Jolie that literally arrived like 10 minutes ago (the full collection), Deer Christmas will be arriving later this week (full collection)…Deer Christmas moda kits will be arriving later this month. Also arriving later this week some more Minick and Simpson…to fill out our Minick and Simpson…planning on a couple more Rockets’ Red Glare kits…

lots going on as we get ready for the quilt minnnesota which starts on July 31st…mom is cutting our project number 1 today!

have a safe and happy monday…hopefully i’ll be back later this week with some more goodies!

–april&mickey&gabby

ps…this weekend would have been our final show for june…we would have been in Omaha for the weekend…however, we will be busy working on fun new projects to bring with us in 2021…we will see you Omaha ladies in June 2021.

stay home quilt

we hope you are having a wonderful weekend!  mom and i are busy tidying and painting and raking and cozying up with our newest (completed) project.

mom’s been eyeing up this quilt she saw in the Romantic Prairie Style book for quite awhile and trying to find just the right fabric to bring it to life.  After looking over the Happy Campers fabric again…she decided that was the fabric…she cut her fabric and set to work that evening.

Then, yesterday, we put it on and quilted and bound it before we left the shop for the weekend.  it came straight home and went through a wash and dry.  And…honestly…i can’t get enough.  i love the large chain-link quilting, the coziness, the squishiness…gabby likes it too!

(It has been cloudy…so these pictures are not the best i’ve ever taken but they do show how cozy this quilt is!)

and of course gabby thought it was fantastic!

 

we have kits for the Stay Home Quilt…here …we have some new projects that will hopefully be available soon…Annie’s Cushion kits (pattern designed by Treehouse Textiles) is next on the list along with Memento kits and pattern featuring Memoirs and Passport collections by 3 sisters.

all for today…now a little evening relaxing along with star-a-day.

happy weekend!  please stay home…stay safe…we’ll keep the projects, kits, bundles, inspiration, and gabby pictures coming and keep shipping out your orders…cuz honestly…if you are going to stay home you deserve a little happy mail…every. single. day.

–april&mickey&gabby

a gabby nose

 

 

 

make your house a home

good afternoon! we hope you are having a wonderful weekend. our Medford Quilt Show has been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic so mom and i will be hanging around the shop for the foreseeable future (hopefully when we start airing out the house and do all that spring cleaning stuff we can get back to business as usual). Until then though…i will be working the shoppe (sometimes with mom…depending upon how dad does with therapy and how the healing has been.)

we are still doing machine quilting so if you have some projects that need that final finishing…we can do that for you…so you can get the binding on those lovelies!

it seems like no time like the present to start something new…maybe pick up a basic or Brazilian embroidery project, try your hand at EPP, whip up a sashiko piece or collect all your fancy fabrics, threads, lace, and pretty threads and nab yourself a crazy quilt book.

Nothing makes a house a home like a little bit of handmade goodness…be it a piece of furniture, a crocheted afghan, a cozy quilt, a flannel pillowcase, or framed artwork (paint on canvas, thread on fabric, mixed media).

if we truly are looking at an extended period of time being a little more of a homebody…doing a little less socializing…then it seems like the perfect time to do a little bit of “homemaking”. baking some bread, whipping up a batch of cookies, putting on some soup, then relaxing with pandora streaming a nature station (i love the sound of rain with far off thunder) and cozying in with a beverage and a good book, handwork, or even instagram or your favorite blog.

if you are into Brazilian embroidery or want to be…we have a whole section devoted to Brazilian Embroidery over on our website. All kits include full instructions, preprinted fabric, threads, and needles. EdMar have the best instructions…mom and i are both self-taught Brazilian embroiderers using their instructions. They are very easy to follow and if you have some knowledge of embroidery that would help immensely…otherwise, there is youtube…

these projects which have lovingly been made with your hands over the course of some time can be framed, put in a hoop, made into a pillow, centered in a medallion quilt, or stitched into a bag.

we just received our EdMar order…so several new and gorgeous Brazilian Embroidery projects have been added to the website. my favorite of the new projects we received is Fuchsias and Butterfly…i love that flowing fuchsia and the floating butterfly.

fuchsias and butterfly

be sure to pop over and take a look at all the Brazilian embroidery projects…here.

another favorite that i’ve added to the list is the 9-flower sampler. look at those threads…um gorgeous!

9-flower sampler

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–april&mickey&gabby

gabby-goo says hi!

gabby-goo graduated from puppy classes on wednesday.

bramble cottage

has arrived! It is quite lovely and perfect if you are itching for some little spring/summer colors! however, the winter wonderland-style snow this morning seems appropriate since yesterday i was placing Christmas orders for June…

Inspired by a dream of living in a countryside English cottage surrounded by unkept roses and meandering hills…this collection embodies that dream. Pretty flowers, classic plaids, clever dots and pluses…falling in love with it all over again.

precuts look to be shipping today and will be in-store early next week…i’ll get those listed over the next couple days so you can get your order in!

bramble cottage linen white
bramble cottage pebble
bramble cottage blossom
bramble cottage willow and mist
bramble cottage
finnagen

we have yardage of bramble cottage available now…here…and don’t you love how it looks with Finnegan and ALL THE GINGHAMS!

mom just finished piecing Cottage Charm using Finnegan. Cottage Charm is a large quilt that is perfect in soft pastel prints. Finnegan is a glorious older sister to Bramble Cottage. Soft airy prints, pretty Easter-Egg colors and truly delightful prints. Once it is quilted and washed i’ll do a blog post featuring it.

…i know we are about 5 collections behind but hopefully we can kick out a few new projects in the next few weeks…just in time to do a new rearrange for Easter and dad to have rotator cuff surgery…so mom will be home with him…hopefully all caught up and ready to set to work on the new collections that will be arriving.

in between all the piecing and machine quilting we are doing a little painting and trading in our old fence panels for a couple barn doors…all in good time…we have until surgery day to get that done…only about 16 more days!

time to start wrapping things up for the day…a few new bundles have arrived…yummy 30’s! i’ll work on getting those listed and maybe even a post about them this week.

happy tuesday!

–april&mickey&gabby

gabby goo yesterday

autumn feels

good afternoon! morning thunderstorms and a muggy afternoon…we’ve been inside cutting and bundling and reorganizing after our last 2 shows, pulling out pastel pumpkins, pulling out the autumn music and trying to get all the autumn feels. a couple of collections have arrived with more on the way.

Today we have Wonder by katie & birdie paper co…the brown really adds a lot and the combination is scrumptious when paired with some white pumpkins…or spring for an heirloom pumpkin to really complete the autumn pastel look.

Wonder features the prettiest mixture of oatmeal, bubblegum, linen, and breeze with a soft white background. We have cherry-picked our 2 favorite prints…the all-over small leaf and the sort-of dot and mixed them with the coordinating Bella Solids. Packs of 10 prints are available…both fat quarters and half yards along with yardage…check out the wonder collection here.

wonder by Katie & Birdie Paper Co.

And…My Redwork Garden…i don’t think there is a shirting print i don’t like. i fell in love with these delightful red-on-cream shirtings when i spied them in the moda book and i knew we needed a few to add to our civil war collection. these are so versatile though they would work with almost any bunny hill collection…or mix in with Christmas prints, French General, 3 Sisters, or your low volume collection. i’m thinking it’s about time i put together a couple more low volume bundles…for sure a Low Volume Christmas.

My Redwork Garden is a collection of red, white, and cream designed by Bunny Hill for Moda. I chose just 4 prints to add to the shop. 4 shirting prints…red on cream. i’ve packaged them up into Pantry Packs: Red Velvet Blondies. We have the pantry packs along with yardage available here.

Red Velvet Blondies…pantry pack of 4—1/2 yards

oh…and a picture of gabby goo who can now get on the furniture all by herself…this is her on the daybed in the living room.

gabbygoo

and this was her yesterday…

gabby goo

happy tuesday…

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